Shocking salaries of WWE NXT Superstars revealed. The Black and Yellow Brand was officially recognized as the third show back in 2019.
Is NXT a developmental show? To many it is but according to the WWE it is a third brand on par with RAW and SmackDown. They even participated in the 2019 Survivor Series and won 4 of the 7 Interbrand matches on the card.
They did not participate in the pay per view last year, but that is understandable due to the pandemic. However, it is hard to defend its status as a third brand when call ups still exist. A report from Dave Meltzer further illustrates the disparity between the NXT and the WWE stars.
Shocking salaries of WWE NXT Superstars revealed
NXT is a successful show on its own. RAW and SmackDown however, have a much wider reach. RAW and SmackDown do not just have more people watching their show but they also pay their performers way more than what NXT does.
“They’re not making $250,000 or $300,000 or anything like that — Balor I’m sure is, but I don’t think anyone else is,” Meltzer said on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio. “They’re probably in the low $100,000’s…. I know one top person in NXT who’s been there for a long time, and he should be making a ton, but he’s making $130,000…. so, they’re making like $130,000, $150,000. Adam Cole may be making a little more, he should be. That’s the range.”
“NXT, you usually see the start at like $60,000, maybe $50,000 depending on who you are,” he continued. “If you’re like a guy who was a football player you’ll get more and then you’ll get raises to a certain point. There might be guys who make more than that, but not much more.”
The salaries mentioned above are not all that low but they pale in comparison to what the highest earners receive in the WWE. According to a report from The Mirror last year, Brock Lesnar pocketed $12 Million while John Cena made $8.5 Million.
Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and AJ Styles round up the top 5 with $5 Million, $4.5 Million and $3.6 Million respectively.
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